12 Jan
2020

Larry Espe on Kelowna’s school bus fees

first_img[asset|aid=1283|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e5976612e72337d8a5f3fd2fe094760f-Espe 2_1_Pub.mp3]However, Espe says the issue isn’t on the agenda any time soon. He says the board is committed to avoiding budget cuts whenever possible. Trustees in Kelowna announced on Thursday, parents will have to pay 20 dollars a month for each child to ride the school bus.The money will go towards covering School District 23’s three million dollar budget shortfall. The district hopes to cut the shortfall by about one million dollars. Special needs and students in wheelchairs won’t be charged and there will be deals for large families, and exemptions for families that can’t afford to pay.Superintendent Larry Espe says School District 60’s budget isn’t looking as bad as Kelowna’s. He says the economy has affected the budget, but nothing has been changed.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=1282|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dd4eb413da0b9ceda9a2b368ddd5ad23-Espe 1_1_Pub.mp3]But, he says, the district is conducting program reviews to see if there is any way to trim back on spending. Espe says there has been no talk amongst the school board to introduce any school bus fees.He says if things get worse, it might be something the board would review.Advertisementlast_img read more

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27 Dec
2019

GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE CLUB NOTES

first_imgTreanáil / TrainingTraining continues for u6s, u8s and u10s in the banks every Saturday morning from 10am – 11am.Cluichí / Fixtures The reserve team played Seán Mac Cumhaill in the league on Sunday following the Donegal v Dublin national football league game. The final score was Seán Mac Cumhaill 3-07 Naomh Muire 1-08.The seniors and reserves are back in league action this weekend with a home tie against Bundoran. Reserves at 1:30pm and Seniors at 3:00pm. Tar amach agus tabhair tacaíocht do na foirne le do thoil.Bord na nÓg ➢ The under 14 boys have been busy with league games with an improvement in performance from the team with each game. They are away to Naomh Conaill on Tuesday night and host Dungloe next Monday night in the banks.➢ The minors beat Naomh Brid/Pettigo in a competitive game by 9 points.➢ The under 17 boys and girls teams will travel to Galway this weekend to take part in the comortas peil na gaeltacht 7 a side tournament.➢ Good luck to Aidi o Gara and the Donegal u21 team in the ulster final this Wednesday night.Peil na mBan / Ladies➢ Week 10 of the development camp is on Tuesday 9th April in the banks from 5-6pm. As this is the final session and for the last 10 weeks the girls worked hard in all sessions and attendance by the 28 girls was super. Certificates and Polo-shirts will be made at a club presentation evening later on in the month. “Our Club, Our Standards, Our Victory” ➢ Gaelic4Girls will be starting up on the 15th April in the Banks at 4.45-6.15pm. This will see us make a big push to get girls from 8-13 years involved in sport and hope to get them to join our club after 12 weeks of fun and games and football coaching. We will be in the schools promoting this venture this week from 9th to 11th.➢ U16 and Minor training is Thursdays from 6-7pm in the Banks.➢ We now have girls representing the club at U14, U16, Minor and Senior football for the county. On Saturday 6th in Cork, Caroline Sharkey, Jade O’Donnell and Erika Hanna made the step up to play for the Donegal ladies Senior team. Just rewards for all our girls and the good work being put in by club coaches and committee is starting to bear fruit. Comhghairdeas le club Pheile na mBan Naomh Muire obair ar doigh!Nuacht Eile / Other News KitbagsThere are still a few kitbags available if anyone is interested. Contact Donal O Searcaigh.Jive Alive 2013Ádh mór ar achan nduine a bheas páirteach i Jive Alive an Aoine agus Sathairn seo. Tá obair mhór curtha isteach ag na péirí a bheas ag damhsa agus an lucht eagrúcháin uilig. Go raibh maith agat do dhuine ar bith a cheannaigh ticéid agus tá muid uilig ag súil le dhá oíche bhreá ins an Aislann.Lotto➢ Ba iad 1, 7, 11, 23 na huimhreacha lotto a tarraingeadh an tseachtain seo agus níor baineadh an pota óir.➢ Beidh €1,940 sa phota óir an tseachtain seo chugainn.➢ Bhí trí uimhir ag na daoine seo leanas:• Liz Carlin, Mín na Leice• Margaret Trimble, Loch an Iúir• Margaret Mary McDonald, Cál Chéim• Patrick Gallagher, Mullach Dubh• Anne Sharkey, Béal na Cruite• Molly Boyle, Rann na Feirste• Joe Bán O’Gallochóir, Mín na leiceClub an ChéidSeo leanas buaiteoirí club an chéid do Mí Mhárta:➢ €400.00 Anthony Doherty, Beal na Cruite➢ €200.00 Grace Boyle, Mullach Dubh➢ €100.00 Eddie/Meave Ward, Béal na Cruite➢ €100.00 Phil Duffy, Mín na Craoibhe➢ €50.00 Mickey Rodgers, An Bhráid➢ €50.00 Bartley Brennan, Mín na Leice➢ €50.00 John McGinely, Cál Chéim➢ €50.00 John Boyle, Cál Chéim➢ €50.00 J J Doherty, Rann na Feirste➢ €50.00 Jimmy Rodgers, Baile ChiarraíBeidh an chéad tarraingt eile ann ar an 24ú Aibreán.GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:NAOMH MUIRE CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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25 Dec
2019

BURGLARY VICTIM GRETA, 96, PLANS NEW BED AFTER COMMUNITY RAISES €3,380

first_imgMargaret Lilly with neighbour Robbie Callaghan and Cllr Ciaran McLaughlin receiving her support cheque for more than €3,380The 96 year old woman, attacked and robbed in her home, has said the first thing she will buy is a new bed after her community raised more than €3,000 for her.Margaret ‘Greta’ Lilly was left terrified after she was set-upon at her home in Buncrana on January 6th last.The widow was robbed but managed to raise the alarm before being hospitalised for a week. However, the raiders managed to steal a considerable sum of money which Ms Lilly was saving to have new windows installed at her bungalow.The local community, which was left disgusted by the attack, came together to set up the Margaret Lilly Support Fund.And yesterday Ms Lilly was presented with a cheque for €3,308 after just one month’s fundraising.Local Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin, who started the fund at Buncrana Credit Union, said he was delighted by the response. Among those who donated to the fund having heard of Margaret’s horrific plight was a group of Donegal businessmen based in England who donated €1,000 after holding a golf classic.A doctor from Trim in Co Meath also donated €100 to help Margaret get back on her feet.Margaret is back in Letterkenny General Hospital after suffering a slight fall at her home in Aghilly but she hopes to be home soon.She said she was speechless by the generosity of the people who had heard of her plight.“I can’t thank people enough. Everyone has been so good to me. “I’m getting better all the time now and I would love to buy a new bed when I get home.“I just want everything to get back to normal now and I’m just looking forward to getting home to my own house again,” she said.Cllr McLaughlin said the support shown to Ms Lilly has restored his faith in people.“The burglary and attack on Ms Lilly showed the bad side of people but the support fund and how people responded to it shows there is always a better side to people. “I can’t say how proud I am of the people of Donegal and beyond at the generosity they showed to Margaret. My faith in people has been restored.“Hopefully Margaret can continue to recover now and get back home to live in peace,” he said.Meanwhile a man has been remanded in custody charged in connection with the break-in to Ms Lilly’s home.Thomas Alcock, 48, of no fixed abode, who is charged with burglary and threatening to kill will appear again in court on Match 14th.BURGLARY VICTIM GRETA, 96, PLANS NEW BED AFTER COMMUNITY RAISES €3,380 was last modified: March 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaBuncrana Credit UnionCllr Ciaran McLaughlinFundMargaret Greta Lillylast_img read more

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16 Dec
2019

Retrofits versus Reductions

first_imgAnyone who is contemplating a deep energy retrofit has to consider multiple approaches and techniques for taking the diverse building stock we have and transforming it — from the standpoint not just of energy use, but also comfort, health and safety, and durability — because so much of our building stock is plagued with deficiencies. Retrofits fix the issues with the building — and saving energy almost ends up as a desirable byproduct.If energy saving is the principal goal, it’s important to look carefully at the choices the occupants make. Energy in buildings goes to more than heating and cooling, which are the main loads that retrofits target. Over forty percent of primary energy in U.S. homes goes to non-thermal loads.Once we superinsulate a house in New England, energy for heating, once the largest load by a comfortable margin, may become the smallest load among heating, domestic hot water (DHW), and plug loads/lighting/appliances (PLA). To get to truly low energy performance then requires focus on domestic hot water and PLA loads. RELATED ARTICLES What Is a Deep Energy Retrofit?Deep Energy Retrofits Are Often MisguidedThe High Cost of Deep-Energy RetrofitsIt’s Not About Space HeatingWindow Installation Tips for a Deep Energy Retrofit Roofing and Siding Jobs Are Energy-Retrofit OpportunitiesBest Construction Details for Deep-Energy RetrofitsBuilding Details for a Deep-Energy RetrofitThe History of the Chainsaw RetrofitA German Deep-Energy Retrofit Deep savings without a deep energy retrofitWith motivated homeowners, it’s possible to get deep energy reductions without a deep energy retrofit. People can do a moderate amount of weatherization work on a house, and then install a point-source heater such as a single-zone minisplit heat pump to keep the most-used part of the house comfortable. The rest of the house runs cooler and the main heating system stays off until the outdoor conditions get severe.Lots of savings have been demonstrated with this approach. Couple that with LED lighting replacement in high-use fixtures; great low-flow showerheads like the Delta H2OKinetic; a horizontal-axis clothes washer; and (depending on the household size) perhaps a heat-pump water heater. Replace the dryer with a drying rack and a clothesline. Make a concerted attempt to keep appliances and entertainment stuff off when not using it. Hunt down phantom loads.Combine all of the above, and the total outlay might be $10,000 to $20,000. The energy saved might equal or even exceed what a second household might achieve by going the whole enchilada and doing a deep energy retrofit, especially if that second household is much less conscious of their domestic hot water and PLA usage, and heats the whole retrofitted house to comfort temperatures. Relief from ice dams is worth somethingI’ve noticed that households that pursue a deep energy retrofit have a pretty wide range of energy use per person. The climate doesn’t care how we each reduce our consumption, just that we do. Of course a motivated, conserving household living in a house that has undergone a deep energy retrofit will have the lowest energy usage of all, but if a household is committed to reducing their carbon emissions, they needn’t spend six figures to get there.What a deep energy retrofit gets that the other strategy (targeted weatherization and behavior-based deep energy reductions) may not is relief from the non-energy deficiencies — ice dams, pest infestations, water issues, mold, etc. — and true comfort. The cost of remediating those defects shouldn’t have to be paid for solely by the energy savings that accrue. A deep energy retrofit courseI’m excited because I’ve been putting together a new online course on deep energy retrofits. Because there are so many different buildings and conditions, and therefore solutions, the course is based on case studies, and we show many approaches that people have chosen to implement.To learn more about the transformative possibilities of deep energy retrofits, click on the link for the ten-week Deep Energy Retrofit online course, and join me starting September 14th. Comparing a deep energy retrofit with weatherizationI live in a zero net energy house that has undergone a deep energy retrofit. Previously, I weatherized a pretty good house and also reaching zero net energy.I like the second house a lot better because of its superior comfort and air quality. But I spent a lot more money to get there, and the total energy performance isn’t much better, because domestic hot water usage and PLA loads are pretty similar. The deep energy retrofit house uses less energy for heating at an even 70°F setpoint than the pretty good house used with some temperature setback and letting parts of the house get cooler. I hope to live in this retrofitted house for a long time, and it’s worth it to me to have spent what I did to get a house my wife and I are so pleased to inhabit. I’m just not fooling myself that I needed a deep energy retrofit to achieve deep energy reductions, if that was my only goal.last_img read more

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12 Dec
2019

Secrets of Self-Care | Dehydration

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on September 1, 2017. Written by Alicia Cassels, MA, MFLN Military Caregiving Team MemberIssues Related to DehydrationProper hydration is important in maintaining wellness.  According to the American Heart Association (AHA), proper hydration helps the heart pump blood more easily and helps with muscle performance.  The AHA points out that dehydration can lead to swollen feet, headache and in some extreme cases, heat stroke.  Additionally, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cautions that dehydration can contribute to unclear thinking, mood change, constipation, overheating and kidney stones (2017).In a 2011 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, young women who were mildly dehydrated experienced degraded mood, lower concentration and increased perception of task difficulty. Another study, conducted at the University of Connecticut and published in the British Journal of Nutirition showed that mild dehydration impairs mental performance and mood in men (2011).This is the second in three installments of the Secrets of Self-Care – Upgrade Your Health: Hydrate series.You can catch up on part one – “Is Hydration One of Your Daily Priorities” and be sure to check back soon for the final installment, “How Much Fluid Should We Drink Each Day?”Cited Research and Additional Sources:American Heart Association.  (2014).  Staying Hydrated-Staying Healthy. [Web Article].  Retrieved May 25, 2017, from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/Staying-Hydrated—Staying-Healthy_UCM_441180_Article.jsp#.WShG32jys2w).American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  The role of obesity in the relation between total water intake and urine osmolality in US adults, 2009–2012.Armstrong, l. E. et, al. (2012).  The Journal of Nutrition.  Mild Dehydration Affects Mood in Healthy Young Women.  382-388.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  (2017). Get the Facts:  Drinking Water and Intake.  [Web Article].  Retrieved May 17, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/plain-water-the-healthier-choice.htmlCenters for Disease Control and Prevention.  (2016).  Water & Nutrition. [Web Article].  Retrieved May 17, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/nutrition/index.htmlGanio, M. S. et, al.  (2011). British Journal of Nutrition.  Mild Dehydration Impairs Cognitive Performance and Mood of Men. 106, 1535–1543.U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs National Caregiver Training Program Caregiver Workbook.  Retrieved March 1, 2017, from http://docplayer.net/15786612-Module-1-caregiver-self-care.htmlU.S. Geological Survey.  (2016). The Water in You. [Web Article].  Retrieved May 17, 2017 from (https://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html).last_img read more

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